- Former NFL star Colin Kaepernick has joined Medium blogging platform Board of Directors as the first member of color and will contribute on the blog with anti-racism and civil rights in American society content.
Medium announced Thursday that Colin Kaepernick has joined Medium’s Board of Directors, sitting in as the first non-white member on the board. Medium is a blogging platform led by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, which serves as a channel for independent and diverse voices to publish quality thinking, knowledge, and perspectives made easily accessible to over 120 million readers.
The blogging site also announced to partner with the former NFL star and civil rights activist and Kaepernick Publishing to create race-focused and civil rights content for the platform.
“We’ve been in talks with Colin for some time, and we are honored to be electing him to join our board,” Williams said in a statement. “Colin’s voice and actions have led the discussion on racial justice, and the world is finally catching up to him. He’s an incisive, independent thinker, whose integrity as an activist and athlete has inspired so many.”
Jermaine Hall, editor-in-chief of Level/Medium, will be working closely with Kaepernick on his editorial contributions consisting of stories and high-profile interviews with leaders, activists, and athletes. These contributions will be showcased on Level/Medium and Medium’s Momentum, a new blog centered on anti-Black racism and civil rights in American society.
“I am excited for Kaepernick Publishing to partner with Medium to continue to elevate Black voices in the news and publishing industry,” said Kaepernick in a statement. “I also look forward to creating new opportunities and avenues for Black writers and creators with my new role as a Board member.”
Kaepernick is a voice and a role model to follow. He boldly kneeled during the national anthem during NFL games in protest of racial injustice and has also founded the organization Know Your Rights Camp to empower communities of color through education, self-empowerment, and mass mobilization.
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, donated to the resistance in early June amid George Floyd protests. “$3mm to Colin @Kaepernick7’s @yourrightscamp to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization to elevate the next generation of change leaders,” Dorsey wrote in a tweet.
The other members of Medium’s board are Medium founder/CEO Williams, Josh Elman of Greylock Ventures; and Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz.